HUNTSVILLE, Ala., April 12, 2005 – Intergraph Corporation (NASDAQ: INGR), a leading provider of Spatial Information Management (SIM), announced today its participation in a demonstration of interoperable emergency communications. On March 29, 2005, more than 80 state, local and federal organizations and more than 15 technology providers shared real-time information on multiple all-hazards emergency events by routing messages to the emergency response agencies using the Emergency Provider Access Directory (EPAD). Developed by COMCARE, a 100-organization nonprofit emergency response alliance, EPAD gives authorized agencies the ability to register to receive and distribute messages based on geography, incident or agency type for all kinds of emergency events. With computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems at 19 U.S. federal installations and more than 165 sites worldwide, Intergraph is the first company to provide CAD technology using EPAD in a data interoperability demonstration.
Incorporating commercial information technologies, networks and EPAD, the demonstration focused on interoperable data messaging and data standards developed in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The goal is to enable messaging between all entities involved in emergency response, employing the communications and information systems that agencies use on a daily basis. The demonstration showed these emergency messages flowing between Intergraph’s CAD system, Web-based emergency management tools, geographic information systems (GIS) applications, NLETS – International Justice and Public Safety Information Sharing Network, a series of public warning programs and other systems.
"Intergraph is committed to the advancement of end-to-end data interoperability within the emergency response community," stated Tom Young, vice president at Intergraph Corporation. "We are honored to be the first provider of CAD technology involved in a demonstration of this magnitude."
Richard Taylor, ENP, COMCARE Chairman and Executive Director of the North Carolina Wireless 9-1-1 Board, said, "The organizations and companies that participated in the demonstration have shown their leadership by using innovative methods for dealing with the challenges posed by data sharing." In his remarks he noted that "state and local emergency agencies from Maine to Hawaii participated in the demonstration," and he commended those who are "helping to shape a solution that can be deployed at all levels of government."
Intergraph Corporation is a leading global provider of Spatial Information Management (SIM). Our commitment to the customers and markets we serve, history of innovation and proven solutions span 35 years. Governments and businesses in more than 100 countries around the world rely on our technology and services to support better and faster operational decisions. Intergraph's stock trades on the NASDAQ stock market under the symbol INGR and the company can be found on the Web at www.intergraph.com.
COMCARE is a national non-profit alliance dedicated to advancing emergency response. COMCARE's 100 organizational members represent the wide diversity of the emergency response community. We encourage cooperation across professional, jurisdictional and geographic lines, seeking to improve effectiveness by enhancing cooperation between the government, the public, private industry and emergency professions. We promote the adoption of modern, interoperable emergency systems and the development of new procedures, training and tools to maximize their value for emergency responders. More information about the EPAD and other projects COMCARE and its partners are pursuing can be found on the Web at www.comcare.org. If you would like to participate in future demonstrations and exercises, please contact COMCARE at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.429.0574.
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